I recently had the opportunity to win a brand new PS3 and with that, I had the chance to get my first real baseball game in a long while, The Show. I have always loved playing baseball video games. I started out playing Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest on my N64 and have played various titles ever since. The big thing for me about these games was not actually playing the games, but controlling the franchise and simming the season to see how my players did and how well the team as a whole had done.
I've been playing MLB 12: The Show for about 3 weeks now and am very impressed with the game as a whole. The graphics are stunning and it feels like I'm watching a Fox Sports broadcast. The announcing is very smooth and does a great job of mixing up the information unlike every other sports game which spews the same boring stats and generic scripts throughout the entire game. The actual gameplay is superb. The opponent thinks and reacts to what you do at the plate and mound which gives you an actual challenge. You can't just swing for the fences every at-bat. You need to think about maybe moving the runners up with a bunt (don't kill me SABR guys) or throwing a pitch or two in the dirt.
So you may be asking, "So what does this have to do with the Diamondbacks?" Well, I'm here to tell you it means everything. Video games have gotten so good at portraying and projecting what actually happens in real life. The NFL game, Madden, has predicted the Super Bowl winner 7 out of the last 9 times (link). In 2010, MLB 2k10 predicted the Giants would win the World Series (link).
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I will watch every game the computers play this entire season for the Dbacks, summarize what happens in the different series, and post it here before the actual Dbacks play the series. What do you think? If you have any suggestions on what I could include with my summaries (Stat Recaps, League Leaders) I would appreciate it.